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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ahead of schedule    Tue Nov 29, 01:52 PM

Updating a previous story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is 'ahead of schedule', according to head coach Mike Zimmer, who told reporters Tuesday, Nov. 29, was not the first day Peterson was able to run sprints off to the side of practice.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to take note here. It seems like Peterson is on track to return later this season. A Week 15 or Week 16 return is certainly possible, and that's right in the thick of the fantasy playoffs. Make sure to check to see if Peterson is on your waiver wire. If he's there (and you have the spot on your bench), then now is the time to scoop him up.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson running again    Tue Nov 29, 01:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was seen running several short sprints during the open portion of practice Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Footballguys view: This goes against reports that said Peterson had not yet been cleared to run as it was revealed by head coach Mike Zimmer that this wasn't the first time Peterson has run as he continues to recover from his knee injury. We could see Peterson return to the field in Week 15 or Week 16. Add him on the waiver wire if you can. Perhaps he doesn't play, but you at least want to keep potential points away from an opponent.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not cleared to run yet    Thu Nov 24, 08:54 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has yet to be cleared to run on the field, but he is running on an underwater treadmill while putting 30 percent of his body weight on his knee. The next step will be running in the anti-gravity pool and then normal running. His return date is unknown until he runs under normal conditions to see how the knee reacts.

Footballguys view: Peterson looked awful before his injury but the Minnesota backfield is a mess. They can use him back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson back in Week 15?    Mon Nov 21, 11:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is making progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he could be back on the field my mid-to-late December, league sources said Monday, Nov. 21. He had an exam late last week and might start running this week.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners getting ready for the fantasy playoffs need to keep this in mind, and add Peterson if he's out there on the waiver wire. The Vikings haven't been able to run the ball with much success, but getting Peterson back would certainly help that. He might return for the Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts or the Week 16 road game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson resumes light running    Thu Nov 17, 06:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has resumed light running. He's still receiving treatment on his knee following September surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and his timetable for a return 'continues to be December.'

Footballguys view: Well, we thought maybe the team could survive without him, but they haven't. Then again, Peterson looked awful behind this offensive line before his injury. No matter who runs the ball and when they do it, the line is the primary concern for the Vikings, rather than the running back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson remains without timetable    Mon Nov 14, 03:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) continues his rehab from meniscus surgery, but head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday, Nov. 14, he has 'no idea' as to whether or not Peterson will play at any point this season.

Footballguys view: The backfield is a wreck in Minnesota but Peterson looked awful even before the injury. We're not sure it's worth him coming back though if the race for a playoff spot is tight, the team might have to make it work.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson focused on 2016 return    Mon Sep 26, 12:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

Footballguys view: Peterson is known as a quick healer, but this knee injury should knock him out for three months at least. That means Peterson would be back around playoff time. The way the Vikings are playing (currently 3-0), it seems like they're on track to make a deep postseason run. Getting Peterson back at that time would certainly boost the offense.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson hopes for rapid recovery    Sat Sep 24, 06:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told people in and around the organization that he believes he can be ready to play when he is eligible to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Peterson is already known as a quick healer, so we wouldn't be shocked to see him back sooner than expected. It is believed that it will take at least one month before doctors will be able to tell whether an expedited return for Peterson is possible.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson officially placed on IR    Fri Sep 23, 03:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, September 23.

Footballguys view: Peterson could return for the late season/playoffs with a 3-4 month timeline, but we wouldn't carry him in hopes of that. The Vikings run blocking was horrendous and Peterson was ineffective. It's hard to see the situation changing greatly by December/January. Jerick McKinnon will take over with Matt Asiata also playing a large role in the Vikings backfield.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has surgery    Thu Sep 22, 10:14 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) had successful surgery to repair his torn lateral meniscus in his knee Thursday, Sept. 22. There were no additional injuries in or surrounding the knee joint.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are still hopeful he can come back for at least the playoffs, but they have to make it there first. Expect a lot of Stefon Diggs passes and a split between Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata--both of whom are decent flex plays. Asiata is a better touchdown-heavy league option, while McKinnon is solid in PPR formats. It's a bad matchup overall, so don't count on them as more than RB3 or so.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson didn't tear LCL?    Wed Sep 21, 05:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings officials say that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) does not have a torn lateral collateral ligament, but other sources have said that he does have a torn ligament.

Footballguys view: No matter the extent of the injury, fantasy owners should not be counting on Peterson. He could miss the rest of the year, or at very least he could miss most of the remaining regular season. There is a small hope he could return for the playoffs according to early reports.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has LCL tear    Wed Sep 21, 04:58 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has a torn lateral collateral ligament in addition to his torn meniscus, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Vikings have denied this report. No matter what, Peterson is going to be out for quite a long time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does not practice    Wed Sep 21, 04:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury may end season    Wed Sep 21, 12:10 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has what is known as a 'bucket handle tear' of his meniscus, which usually requires a three-to-four-month recovery and up to six months.

Footballguys view: This situation is fluid, and we may not see Peterson return at all. Fantasy owners have already made moves -- or should make moves -- with the idea that Peterson is done at least until the end of the season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has lateral tear    Wed Sep 21, 12:07 PM

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are going to move forward for quite some time with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as the primary ball-carriers in their backfield. McKinnon is more of the explosive back while Asiata is the power/goal-line back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson out until December?    Wed Sep 21, 11:52 AM

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) could be out until December, at the earliest, with a return for a potential playoff run possible.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are in the hunt for a playoff run and perhaps the NFC North division title. They need to set themselves up for a deep run, and monitoring Peterson closely upon his return will help that.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may miss extended time    Wed Sep 21, 11:40 AM

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told two sources that he is having his meniscus repaired, not trimmed, which would require a longer recovery period.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to have surgery    Wed Sep 21, 11:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) plans to have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Footballguys view: Peterson could miss most of the rest of the regular season. There is a hope that he can recover in time for a playoff run. Fantasy owners will now see a split between Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson scouring options    Wed Sep 21, 09:11 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is still soliciting opinions on how to proceed with his torn meniscus and figure out if he's capable of playing through the injury.

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  Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs     Mon Sep 19, 04:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Footballguys view: We could see McKinnon work as the team's change-of-pace back, and Asiata could be featured on early-down and goal-line situations. Fantasy owners need to monitor Peterson's progress. Neither McKinnon or Asiata should be considered more than RB3 level because of this split and uncertain nature of this situation.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus    Mon Sep 19, 03:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson has not yet been ruled out for Week 3, however.

Footballguys view: Peterson is a quick healer, and he could be back sooner than people think. However, this week is a bit of a stretch so expect Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to split time at Carolina in Week 3.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson with historically bad start    Mon Sep 19, 10:48 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's 1.6 yards per carry is the fewest rushing yards per attempt by a player with at least 30 rushes since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.

Footballguys view: That's not the way his fantasy owners wanted to start the season...and now he's banged up. Peterson is known as a quick healer and reports on Monday indicate he has a torn meniscus. We'll see how much time he has to miss. In the meantime, the Vikings move forward with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as their 1-2 punch in the backfield.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury believed minor    Mon Sep 19, 08:06 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, Sept. 19, but those close to him believe he avoided major structural damage. 'He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see.'

Footballguys view: Peterson may just have a sprain that could keep him out only a few weeks. He's been known to be nearly superhuman when it comes to recovery, so Peterson may be back later this year. In the meantime, the Vikings will use a RBBC featuring Jerrick McKinnon and fullback Matt Asiata.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson banged up    Sun Sep 18, 10:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was tended to on the field by the training staff in the third quarter of the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers due to an apparent right shin or ankle injury. He was holding the area while sitting up on the ground and unable to put any weight on the leg as he was assisted off the field.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson active, starting    Sun Sep 18, 07:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) is active and starting in the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to play    Fri Sep 16, 05:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

Footballguys view: Peterson has a tough matchup against the Packers defense that bottled up TJ Yeldon last week, but volume alone makes him a borderline RB1 in the Vikings first regular season in their new stadium.

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  Vikings | Full practice for Adrian Peterson    Thu Sep 15, 05:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 15.

Footballguys view: He had a rough start to the season in Week 1, but we still have Peterson as a RB1 this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson practices    Wed Sep 14, 06:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Footballguys view: He had a bad opening week, but we still believe Peterson can perform like a RB1 against the Packers in Week 2.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has quiet opener    Mon Sep 12, 09:44 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 19 times for 31 yards in Week 1 Sunday, Sept. 11.

Footballguys view: Things may be different with Sam Bradford starting at QB (most likely) in Week 2. With veteran Shaun Hill under center on Sunday, the Titans stacked the line to stuff the run.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will be challenged    Tue Aug 30, 10:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was already expected to have a heavy workload in 2016. Now, the team has lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to what appears to be a season-ending knee injury, so QB Shaun Hill steps in under center.

Footballguys view: This could be Peterson's final year in Minnesota, and they may want to send him out with a bang. His workload was already expected to be around 300 carries, and with the Bridgewater injury we might see that number push 350. He's a RB1 for fantasy owners again, and the veteran RB is a 'set it and forget it' starter each week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason    Thu Aug 25, 05:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.

Footballguys view: Peterson usually doesn't play in the preseason, so it's no big deal. Expect him to get around 300 carries this year as the centerpiece of the Vikings offense.

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  Vikings | Big workload for Adrian Peterson    Tue Aug 16, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see 20 carries per game in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Footballguys view: Peterson was the only RB in the league last year to eclipse 300 carries. He finished last year with 327 carries, and Peterson could approach that number this season. Fantasy owners know that Peterson is a RB1 with the upside to finish as the league's leading rusher.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to see preseason work?    Tue Aug 16, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.

Footballguys view: Peterson doesn't need any preseason reps. It would be a shock to see him get much if any work in the preseason. The Vikings are likely to use Peterson as much as possible in what might be his last season with the team.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will practice    Wed Aug 3, 01:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) will participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 3, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: This is a great sign that Peterson's hamstring injury wasn't a big deal and as long as he practices without incident for the rest of camp, we shouldn't worry too much about his ability to hold up this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does walk-through    Mon Aug 1, 09:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Aug. 1, but he was able to participate in the team's walk-through in the morning. RB Jerick McKinnon has been seeing extra reps with Peterson on the sidelines, but he also left with an undisclosed ailment Monday.

Footballguys view: Matt Asiata and even UDFA Jhurell Pressley could get a lot more first-team work if both remain out. Peterson getting closer to practicing is good, but we'll still take note of a hamstring injury this early in the season calendar for a back over 30.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has hamstring injury    Sat Jul 30, 07:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited in practice Saturday, July 30, due to a hamstring injury. 'Working out, like the week before (camp), he pulled the hammy a little bit,' Zimmer said. 'He can do things, he just can't turn it all the way loose. So we're just being careful with him.'

Footballguys view: It's going to be an interesting season for Peterson and the Vikings. This could very well be his last year with the team, so do they use him up? Fantasy owners trust Peterson as a top-5 fantasy RB, and he's still a first-round pick. The Vikings are wise to be cautious with their superstar back as he deals with this hamstring injury. Make sure to monitor his recovery during camp.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson recovering from minor injury    Fri Jul 29, 08:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (undisclosed) was held out of selected team drills Friday, July 29, because he is recovering from an undisclosed offseason injury, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. However, he performed the conditioning test and participated in running light sprints from sideline to sideline before eventually receiving a handful of carries near the end of team drills.

Footballguys view: Hopefully this is as minor as the Vikings are making it sound. They have characterized it as a "tweak". We always have to be more cautious with running backs over 30, even those that play at a Hall of Fame level. Jerick McKinnon could be an important player this year if Peterson breaks down, and he did in 2013 by the end of the season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson set to walk?    Tue Jul 26, 02:26 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely in his final year with the Vikings as his salary hikes to $18 million in 2017, and QB Teddy Bridgewater is due for a large salary increase, according to beat writer Charley Walters.

Footballguys view: We could see this as Peterson's final year with the Vikings, but he's still got plenty left in the tank. The Vikings should ride the veteran back as much as possible in 2016, but they could transition to more of a Bridgewater/passing heavy offense for the future. Peterson may not get 327 carries like he did last year, but getting around 300 sounds about right. He's still a top-5 fantasy RB in 2016.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling    Thu Jul 21, 11:53 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.

Footballguys view: Getting help is good, but having a fumbling problem that requires help is not. Gordon didn't come close to living up to the hype in his rookie year and he's coming off of microfracture surgery. His best hope for fantasy relevance is an improved offensive line and the Chargers turning into a winning team that can manufacture run-friendly game scripts. Chances are Danny Woodhead will be the most valuable Chargers fantasy running back again this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has to adapt to shotgun    Thu Jul 21, 10:41 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be part of a more shotgun-centric offense this season, and he struggled to run out of the gun early last year. The team shifted its offense to run more plays under center afterwards. Peterson vowed to become a better receiver this offseason.

Footballguys view: At 31 it's unlikely that Peterson will become great receiving the ball or blocking on pass downs, but the effort is admirable. We did hear this last season as well, though but as Vensel points out, they had to move out of the shotgun because Peterson couldn't handle it and was visibly unhappy. Peterson is an easy RB1 in fantasy anyway, so receiving the ball is gravy. We're not counting on it happening much more than usual though.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson above and beyond    Tue Jul 12, 11:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is working out in Houston at a training facility he helped to open. He is going through grueling workouts, trying to put his various training disciplines - hill sprints, weight lifting, agility drills, core work, pool training, boxing and MMA sparring - in one place. Peterson also runs 10 40-yard dashes, with 30 seconds' rest in between each. The slowest of them should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds.

Footballguys view: Peterson should once again be the centerpiece of the Vikings offense, and fantasy owners know that he's set to be a top-5 fantasy RB in 2016. At age 31, Peterson is showing no signs of slowing down. He was the only RB in the league with over 300 carries last year, and we think Peterson will get a similarly sized workload this year. His current ADP is RB4 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not worried about age    Tue Jun 21, 06:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks his body can hold up as long as he wants to play in the NFL, but he doesn't know how much longer he wants to go through the rigors of the NFL. 'Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor,' Peterson said. 'Physically, I'll be good. It's just mentally, like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring.'

Footballguys view: Age is just a number when it comes to a player like Peterson. He's been able to show almost superhuman ability on the field--and when recovering from major injuries. Peterson is around 6,500 yards short of the all-time rushing record held by Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith. It wouldn't be outrageous to see him come close to that number over the next five years or so. Peterson may still have plenty left in the tank.

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  Vikings | More receiving for Adrian Peterson?    Tue May 31, 08:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be more involved in the passing game this season, particularly in shotgun formation, according to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. Peterson said he'd like to improve as a pass-catcher and has been working in that area this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's not like Peterson is a bad receiver. He had 30 catches last year and a career high of 43 catches from back in 2009. No matter his receiving numbers, Peterson is still a top-5 fantasy RB and a player most will be considering near the top of every fantasy draft in 2016.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may play in preseason    Fri May 6, 05:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he may receive some work during the preseason. 'I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit,' Peterson said. 'It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years.' Peterson has not received a carry in any of the last four preseasons.

Footballguys view: Peterson is still a solid RB1, but his lack of big involvement in the passing game limits his upside. He'll still be a late first or early second pick in most drafts. It's good to see him chomping at the bit.

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  NFL | Ezekiel Elliott draws big comparison    Thu Mar 31, 05:29 PM

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was compared to Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson by an anonymous AFC running backs coach. 'It was hard to find weaknesses for Adrian coming out and it's hard to find weaknesses for Elliott,' the coach said. 'I don't usually believe in taking running backs in the first round, but Elliott is one of those guys you make an exception for just like Adrian Peterson.'

Footballguys view: Elliott is a great running back and it's not the first set of high praise for him this draft season. Of course, this is no guarantee that anyone will take him high, as the running back position has been devalued even if Todd Gurley was a high pick last season. A three-down running back who can do everything, Elliott can walk in and carry a full load immediately. While he may not go in the top ten, he should go in the first round.

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  Vikings | Ground game hurting Teddy Bridgewater?    Sat Feb 27, 12:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's development has been slowed because the offense heavily features RB Adrian Peterson, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer added that he believes Bridgewater can take charge if needed, and the offense just needs time to mold together to use the strengths of both players.

Footballguys view: We agree with Zimmer here, and we share his confidence about Bridgewater's ability as a passer. Now it's up to the coaching staff to craft an offense that is balanced and effectively brings out the best in the young quarterback.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's role won't be reduced    Thu Feb 25, 12:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's role won't be reduced this year at age 31, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: This is disappointing if you are looking forward to seeing what Teddy Bridgewater could do with an offense centered on him. As long as Peterson is the engine for the offense, any Bridgewater progress could be hindered. Which means the moment Peterson moves on for any reason, the Vikings offense stagnates. We'll see if Zimmer and the Vikings really mean this or if this is a ploy to drum up interest for a Peterson trade.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson the last of his kind?    Sat Feb 13, 08:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the only player to have more than 300 carries last year, and retired RB Emmitt Smith believes that if Peterson doesn't break the all-time rushing record, no one will.

Footballguys view: We agree with Smith. The days of the workhorse runner are gone, and there are only a few teams with true feature backs.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson posts fewer receptions    Mon Jan 11, 01:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson caught only 30 passes this season even though the team said they wanted to throw to him more often in order to reduce some of the hits he receives as a runner. He was targeted only 36 times, which was fewer than all but two seasons during his career.

Footballguys view: With Jerick McKinnon emerging as a fine running back himself, the team didn't have to use Peterson much as a receiver. Next season, we should continue to see McKinnon featured as a pass-catching and change-of-pace back behind Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to work on ball security    Mon Jan 11, 01:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said his top priority this offseason will be working on cutting down on his fumbles. Peterson fumbled eight times this season and lost four of the fumbles.

Footballguys view: Peterson's fumble against the Seahawks turned the tide in favor of Seattle. The Vikings fought back, but missed a chip-shot field goal to win the game.

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